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A Tribute to "My Life"...

April 9, 2011
Mary Jane (All Night Long)

You Bring Me Joy


I'm The Only Woman

My Life

You Gotta Believe

I Never Wanna Live Without You 

I'm Going Down


Be With You

Mary's Joint

Don't Go

I Love You

No One Else

Be Happy

International Bonus Track: Natural Woman

Released on November 29 1994, My Life changed not just R&B, but music too. Critical reception for the "My Life" ultimately became admirable. With some boasting it as one of the greatest albums of all time. The album became the first real, dark, R&B album produced by Chucky Thompson and Puffy. The tone both lyrically and production wise was successfully created from track one to track seventeen, influencing pop, gospel & R&B music. Lauryn Hill states the album as an inspiration in her music. R&B Princesses Keyshia Cole and Jazmine Sullivan have sampled and/or covered work from this album. Other artist like Alicia Keys to Pop/Rock mega-star publicly stated they got their record contracts singing songs from this album, Pink has been notoriously known for covering "My Life" classics at her concerts.


The pain from the relationship was said to reflect the 1994 Puffy produced "My Life" album, critics stained it a "Pain Letter to K-Ci". The album featured no one but Blige and she took more of a creative direction by writing over 90% of the album, the lyrical content focused on her "abusive" relation. With sales of over 200,000 "My Life" debuted top 10 on the Pop Album charts & number 1 on the R&B albums chart, where it remained number one consecutively for seven weeks. "My Life" released four singles and with combined single and album sales Blige sold over 6.5 million records worldwide. The album won Blige 2 Billboard music awards in 1995- Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album and Top R&B Album Artists. She also shared a 1995 Billboard Music award win for 'Top Dance Music Maxi- Single Sales' for her featured roll on the Grammy Award winning Method Man "I'll Be There For You/You're All I Need To Get By", with physical single sales reaching 1.5 million in the United States and over 2 million worldwide the song received a platinum certification, it reached top 10 in the US on the Pop, R&B, & #1 on the US rap charts. The single reached top 10 in the UK also & became the first number one rap song to reach the number one (five weeks) position on the Canadian Hot 100.

 Vocally Blige was more stripped, but still maintained her distinct raw and convincing vocals. The album placed Blige in a celebrity status that she speculated that the attention had disconcerted her--that she had not been prepared, socially or professionally, for the kind of intense spotlight music celebrity creates.  In his Washington Post review of Blige's second album, Geoffrey Himes called her "the premier soul diva of the hip-hop generation." The album is the most accoladed female R&B album of all time. Accolades include:
  • Billboard Award Winning
  • Rolling Stone (10/31/02, p.136) - Ranked # 17 in Rolling Stone's "Women in Rock: The 50 Essential Albums".
  • Rolling Stone (5/13/99, p.74) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."
  • Spin (9/99, p.156) - Ranked #72 in Spin Magazine's "90 Greatest Albums of the '90s".
  • Blender ranked it number 57 on their 100 Greatest American Albums of All time list.
  • Ranked number 279 on Rolling Stone magazine's the 500 greatest albums of all time.
  • It was included in Time's 100 greatest albums of all time list.
  • Grammy Nominated.
  • Vibe (12/99, p.160) - Included in Vibe's 100 Essential Albums of the 20th Century.
  • Entertainment Weekly ranks it 70 on their "Best 100 albums list".
  • It was included in Time's 100 greatest albums of all time list.
  • Soul Train award for Best R&B Album
  • Source Award winner for Album of the year

Written by: Thaddeus

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